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Vettel: Gearbox issue cost his vital test time

Defending double world champion Sebastian Vettel says that gearbox problem cost his essential test time. Red Bull expect more mileage on final day test but a broken front wing and gearbox problem restricted Vettel and he just done 23 laps. On second last day of testing Mark Webber unveiled brand new exhaust system and front wing on the RB8.

“I’d love to be able to say more about today, but this morning I had an issue, I went off track and broke the front wing and had to come in,” Vettel said. “It took quite a while to get back out and then just before lunch we had a problem with the gearbox so it upset the whole day. After that there wasn’t much we could constructively do.

“To be honest, it wouldn’t be fair to judge the updates we have, as I didn’t get many laps today. I think yesterday was quite a decent step and it was a good day for Mark, so we’ll take what we can from that.”

“Summing up, I think that with testing you always have something you’d run differently but you have to accept what you get. There aren’t many years you can give yourself a 10 out of 10, because it’s likely that things break or you stop for precautionary reasons. Overall, though, I think we can be quite happy with how we’ve done this time.”

Vettel’s Race Engineer Guillaume Rocquelin added: “We’ve had a pretty smooth run all the way through pre-season and to have such a disrupted day on the final one is pretty disappointing. We hardly had any running in the morning and when we did manage to get out in the afternoon there really wasn’t much we could achieve in the short time available. It’s frustrating as the boys worked really hard all day. But when things like this happen you just have to roll with the punches.”


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